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Achievement of the Sixth Environmental Action Plan

We at Toshiba Group have formulated the Environmental Action Plan to achieve our long-term environmental vision. In this plan, we specify detailed areas of activity as well as set and manage targets. Since we formulated our first Environmental Action Plan in 1993, we have reviewed the areas of activity and the scope of governance every few years. In the Sixth Environmental Action Plan (activity period: FY2017–2020), we set targets for 15 areas in the Business category (promoting initiatives to reduce environmental impacts in product/service lifecycles) and the Management category (promoting basic activities that support business initiatives).
In FY2020, which is the final year of the plan, we achieved our targets in all 15 areas of activities, making progress in each category. Under the Seventh Environmental Action Plan which started in FY2021, we will continue to work toward achieving the new targets.

Toshiba Group's Sixth Environmental Action Plan

■ Business
Activity area Activity content FY2020
Target Result Evaluation
Reducing environmental impacts in manufacturing Reduction of total greenhouse gas emissions*1 1.66 million t-CO2 1.05 million t-CO2 Achieved
We achieved the target by actively implementing energy-saving and production efficiency improvement measures at each site.
Improvement of total energy-derived CO2 emissions per unit activity (Compared to FY2013 level) 92% 92% Achieved
We achieved the target by implementing energy-saving measures, such as the introduction of energy-efficient equipment, taking production efficiency improvement measures, and using renewable energy.
Reduction of waste volumes*2 52,000 t 26,000 t Achieved
As we had lower factory utilization due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the total volume of waste generated significantly decreased, leading to reduced waste volumes.
Improvement of the total volume of waste generated per unit production (Compared to FY2013 level) 96% 74% Achieved
As we had lower factory utilization due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the total volume of waste generated significantly decreased, improving the total volume of waste generated per unit production.
Improvement of the amount of water received per unit production (Compared to FY2013 level) 96% 93% Achieved
We achieved the target by recycling wastewater and using rainwater.
Reduction of the total amount of chemicals discharged per unit production (Compared to FY2013 level) 96% 84% Achieved
We achieved the target by improving productivity and using alternative manufacturing processes.
Improving environmental performance of products and services Increased reduction of CO2 emissions (cumulative total) Power supply*3 16.3 million t-CO2 21.61 million t-CO2 Achieved
We achieved the target by working to develop and spread a wide range of energy technologies.
Power consumption*4 6.3 million t-CO2 6.95 million t-CO2 Achieved
We achieved the target by expanding our lineup of products and services that offer enhanced energy efficiency.
Increased amount of resources saved (cumulative total) 380,000 t 400,000 t Achieved
We achieved the target by continuously reducing resource consumption of products in all business areas.
Increased amount of recycled resources (recycled plastics) used (cumulative total) 3,000 t 3,514 t Achieved
We achieved the target by continuing to use recycled plastics in MFPs, industrial air conditioners, etc.
Reduction of specified chemical substances contained in products
Using alternative materials for four phthalates*5 or identifying alternates for all products by July 2019
We completed the substitution of four phthalates used in regulated products for the European market, and continue to manage the products in the same way. Achieved
■ Management
Activity area Activity content FY2020
Result Evaluation
Ensuring of environmental risk compliance Enhancement of compliance with global environmental regulations and human resource development
  • Reviewing of measures to ensure compliance with global environmental regulations
  • Enhancement of local networks of environmental human resources at overseas production sites
  • In the area of business activities, we provided an online education program on environmental risks and compliance three times to Group companies. A total of approximately 750 employees from the environment, administration, engineering, manufacturing, and other divisions participated in the program.
  • In the area of products and services, we provided an online education program on laws and regulations related to chemicals contained in products and relevant international standards to Group companies. A total of approximately 280 employees from the environment, safety, quality control, manufacturing, procurement, marketing, and other divisions participated in the program.
  • We strengthened compliance at production sites by holding meetings of personnel in charge of environmental affairs in China and sharing legal and regulatory updates.
Achieved
Environmental communication Improvement of information disclosure
  • Improvement of reporting based on external requirements
Achieved
Development of networks with stakeholders
  • Enhancement of communication with customers through Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition and education program at Toshiba Science Museum
  • Enhancement of communication with local communities by implementing Global Environmental Action at our sites worldwide
Achieved
Conservation of biodiversity Contributions to Aichi Targets
  • Choosing 10 of the 20 Aichi Targets as Toshiba goals to develop measures at our sites worldwide
Achieved
Values related to energy consumption required for manufacturing (nominal output , the number of products manufactured, number of persons, total floor area, etc.) are used for basic-unit goals for GHG emissions.
For waste, water, and chemical substances, volume-based nominal outputs are used as an indicator for basic-unit goals for appropriate assessment.
*1
CO2 emission coefficients for electricity are calculated using emission coefficients provided by power companies.
*2
Obtained by deducting the volume of objects with value from the total volume of waste generated (excluding sites engaged in waste treatment and power generation).
*3
Reductions in emissions from products and services associated with power supply such as power plants. The calculation method is as follows: For thermal power, a comparison with average CO2 emissions per unit of electricity for the same fuel type; for renewable energy, a comparison with CO2 emissions per unit of electricity for average thermal power of all types. Cumulative total volume of CO2 emission reductions through power generation in FY2017 onward due to newly installed or upgraded facilities.
*4
Reductions in emissions from products and services associated with power consumption such as social infrastructure products. The calculation method is as follows:
[CO2 emissions of assumed substitute products − CO2 emissions of shipped products] (Compares use-phase emissions per year and cumulates emissions for half the expected product service life)
*5
Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, butyl benzyl phthalate, di-n-butyl phthalate, and diisobutyl phthalate. These substances are used mainly as plasticizers for plastics (e.g., cable coatings) and there are some concerns about their effects on the human body.